Clybourne Park Essay

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Clybourne Park Essay The Broadway play “Clybourne Park” is based off the movie and play “The Raisin in the Sun”. It is written by Bruce Norris and was honored with many awards including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play. Bruce Norris wrote the play by having it pick up right where “The Raisin in the Sun” left off. By doing this, Bruce Norris picks up where the drama was and shows the racial tensions in the 1950’s and 1960’s up until present day. To create this, writer Bruce Norris created a play with only two acts. The first act is based in the late 1950’s and early 60’s right after the war. The second act is based in the same house fifty years apart in the year 2009. By doing this
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Karl then tries to tell Francine that they have different customs, different foods, and different religions. By saying these things it the writer shows how white people in the 50’s and 60’s thought they were better than the black people and how they tried to keep everything segregated. In Act 2, fifty years after everything that took place in Act 1, everything in Clybourne Park is mostly black. Lena and Kevin a black couple who live there, as well as Tom who represents the property-owners and Kathy who is a lawyer, are meeting with Steve and Lindsey. The white newcomers need local approval to build a house 15 feet higher than the adjacent buildings to replace this more modest structure they have bought. Now everyone in Clybourne Park is of middle, even upper middle class. Everybody competes in recalling trips to Prague and beyond. Gelman’s has been replaced by Whole Foods. Steve, who also plays Karl thinks of himself as a liberal but is actually very racist. He interjects a remark about the one black kid he knew in high school that was on the 10th grade wrestling team. He tells a racist joke about a white-collar criminal going to jail and was put in a cell with a black guy which is a joke about rape. Lena then starts to get mad because she is the only black woman on stage and no one is listening to her. Lena then tells the cast that her aunt was a domestic worker who saved to buy this house 50 years ago and she wants to

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